Wallace and Rogers Acquire Nfca Top Distinctions for Season

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 9, 2023) – Skylar Wallace of Florida and Ashley Rogers of Tennessee have been named TUCCI/Nfca Division I Player and 2023 Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Wallace, an NFCA unanimous first-team All-American, was the only player in the nation with 65 or more runs (72), 55 or more RBIs (55), 45 or more walks (51) and 30 or more stolen bases (30 for 31).

The Redshirt Junior shortstop was one of the first three finalists for the American Softball College Player of the Year and led Division I with a.980 slugging percentage and finished second with a .595 on-base percentage and eight triples. Wallace, who was also voted the 2023 SEC Player of the Year, ranked fourth in walks per game (.91), fifth in total bases (147), seventh in home runs (19) and ninth in hitters (.447). Defensively, she was wearing one.974 fielding percentage with only five misses in 191 chances.

Rogers also received first-team NFCA All-America honors. With an overall record of 20-1 in the circle and an mpm of 0.92, she helped the Lady Vols to the titles of the regular season and the 2023 SEC tournament, reaching the Women’s College World Series for the first time in eight years and a place in the national semifinals. With 28 games, the Top-10 finalist for U.S. College Softball player of the year owned the fourth-lowest era in the nation, striking out 179 batters and holding the Opposition to a.134 batting average. Rogers also recorded a whip of .78 and six shutouts in 144 innings.

The NFCA Player of the Year Award was created to recognize outstanding athletic achievements by student softball athletes. In 2019, the association added a player and a pitcher of the year to the award. Past SEC recipients include Kentucky’s Abbey Cheek (player – 2019) and Alabama’s Montana Fouts (pitcher – 2021).

The awards are voted on by the selected members of the NFCA Division I All-American Committee, with one head coach representing each of the 10 NFCA regions. To be eligible, A student-athlete’s head coach must be a member.

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